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The East India Company at Home, 1757–1857 explores how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents. It includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings such as archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, the community of family historians and universities. It moves beyond conventional academic narratives and makes an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain. The volume focuses on the propertied families of the East India Company at the height of Company rule. From the Battle of Plassey in 1757 to the outbreak of the Indian Uprising in 1857, objects, people and wealth flowed to Britain from Asia. As men in Company service increasingly shifted their activities from trade to military expansion and political administration, a new population of civil servants, army officers, surveyors and surgeons journeyed to India to make their fortunes. These Company men and their families acquired wealth, tastes and identities in India, which travelled home with them to Britain. Their stories, the biographies of their Indian possessions and the narratives of the stately homes in Britain that came to house them, frame our explorations of imperial culture and its British legacies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright information
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Margot Finn (UCL) and Kate Smith (Birmingham University)
  3. pp. v-viii
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Figures and Tables
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  1. List of Abbreviations
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. xxiii-xxviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Margot Finn and Kate Smith
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Section 1 The social life of things
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  1. 1 Prize possession: The ‘silver coffer’ of Tipu Sultan and the Fraser family
  2. Sarah Longair and Cam Sharp Jones
  3. pp. 25-38
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  1. 2 Chinese wallpaper: From Canton to country house
  2. Helen Clifford
  3. pp. 39-67
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  1. 3 Production, purchase, dispossession, recirculation : Anglo- Indian ivory furniture in the British country house
  2. Kate Smith
  3. pp. 68-87
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  1. 4 ‘A jaghire without a crime’: The East India Company and the Indian Ocean material world at Osterley, 1700– 1800
  2. Yuthika Sharma and Pauline Davies
  3. pp. 88-108
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  1. Section 2 Objects, houses, homes and the construction
  2. pp. 109-112
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  1. 5 Manly objects? Gendering armorial porcelain wares
  2. Kate Smith
  3. pp. 113-130
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  1. 6 Fanny Parkes (1794–1875): Female collecting and curiosity in India and Britain
  2. Joanna Goldsworthy
  3. pp. 131-152
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  1. 7 Refashioning house, home and family: Montreal Park, Kent and Touch House, Stirlingshire
  2. Margot Finn and Kate Smith
  3. pp. 153-170
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  1. Section 3 The Home Counties: Clusters and connections
  2. pp. 171-174
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  1. 8 Warfield Park, Berkshire: Longing, belonging and the British country house
  2. Kate Smith
  3. pp. 175-190
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  1. 9 Englefield House, Berkshire : Processes, practices and the making of a Company house
  2. Kate Smith
  3. pp. 191-204
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  1. 10 Swallowfield Park, Berkshire : From royalist bastion to empire home
  2. Margot Finn
  3. pp. 205-231
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  1. 11 Valentines, the Raymonds and Company material culture
  2. Georgina Green
  3. pp. 232-250
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  1. 12 Growing up in a Company town : The East India Company presence in South Hertfordshire
  2. Chris Jeppesen
  3. pp. 251-272
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  1. Section 4 On the borders: Region, nation, globe
  2. pp. 273-276
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  1. 13 A fairy palace in Devon : Redcliffe Towers, built by Colonel Robert Smith (1787– 1873), Bengal Engineers
  2. Diane James
  3. pp. 277-297
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  1. 14 Partly after the Chinese manner : ‘Chinese’ staircases in north- west Wales
  2. Rachael Barnwell
  3. pp. 298-317
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  1. 15 The intimate trade of Alexander Hall : Salmon and slaves in Scotland and Sumatra, c.1745– 1765
  2. Ellen Filor1
  3. pp. 318-333
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  1. 16 Connecting Britain and India : General Patrick Duff and Madeira
  2. Alistair Mutch
  3. pp. 334-350
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  1. Section 5 Company families and identities : Writing history today
  2. pp. 351-354
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  1. 17 The career of William Gamul Farmer (1746–1797) in India, 1763–1795
  2. Penelope Farmer
  3. pp. 355-388
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  1. 18 The Melvill family and India
  2. David Williams
  3. pp. 389-412
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  1. 19 The Indian seal of Sir Francis Sykes : A tale of two families
  2. Sir John Sykes
  3. pp. 413-428
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  1. Conclusion
  2. Margot Finn and Kate Smith
  3. pp. 429-432
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 487-504
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 505-510
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787350274
Related ISBN(s)
9781787350298
MARC Record
OCLC
1028748141
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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